YMMV / Road to Perdition

  • Acceptable Targets - The film is packed with enough Irish stereotypes to leave The Departed in the dust.
  • Adaptation Displacement - Many people don't even know the film is based on a graphic novel.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight - Tyler Hoechlin's next role in a comic book adaptation was very different.
  • Magnificent Bastard - Frank Nitti.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Connor crosses it when he murders Michael Sr.'s wife and younger son, mistaking him for his older brother, just because he thinks the boy will rat him out.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Connor's murder of Annie and Peter. Adult Fear at its finest. The music doesn't make things better, particularly when Connor enters the room. Murder in Four Parts.
    • Blow-by-blow account: Michael Sr. frantically tries to call home, but the phone is off the hook. The camera cuts to Annie drying Peter off after a bath, then again to the upstairs hall. The bathroom door opens, and a figure wearing a long coat and fedora enters, drawing a gun on mother and son. The camera moves back and forth between the pistol and the man's eyes as Annie screams, then outside as Michael Jr. arrives home and sees two flashes inside his house, along with two gunshots. Getting off his bike, Michael Jr. sprints to the door... just as the killer reaches it. Michael Jr. freezes to the spot as the killer removes his hat and straightens his hair. It's Connor. Without seeing Michael, he opens the door, takes a swig from a flask, and leaves.
  • Tear Jerker - Who doesn't feel sorry for a little boy who's just lost his mom and little brother and is on the run from hitmen aiming to kill him and his father?
    • John Rooney's role in the end serves as this. He knows already that his son has been embezzling from him for years and it's hinted that Michael was closer family to him than Connor ever could be. However, despite realizing that Connor's death is imminent, he refuses to give him up, instead imploring for Michael to leave with his own son while he can. When Michael eventually returns to kill Rooney (as well as his entire entourage), the old man can only solemnly remark that he's glad that Michael would be the one to kill him.